A woman we’ll call Sandra meets with her mental health counselor. Since her head-on auto accident four years ago, Sandra finds driving challenging. She experiences migraines, blurry vision, earaches, and reduced hearing. Sandra has endured many medical procedures from many different providers to find the root of her problems. Nothing has helped. Her counselor recommends she visit their clinic. It’s part of the agency’s on-site continuum of services—just in case, they can help her. When Sandra agrees, the counselor makes an appointment for that day. During it, a physician’s assistant flushes out Sandra’s ear. A piece of glass pops out. Almost immediately, Sandra’s physical symptoms improve. Her response to her mental health therapy drastically steps up.
Sandra’s story is one of many I heard while collecting revenue successes for 7 Nonprofit Income Streams. Like many mental health care providers, the Peace River Centerobtains revenue from a complex and fragmented web of federal, state, and local government dollars. They augment these with complimentary local resources, such as the United Way.
Peace River Center faces the same challenge as many nonprofits that obtain significant government funding. Different funding streams often provide illogical and fragmented services for complex challenges. Instead of accepting this situation as a given, Peace River proactively creates partnerships and generates seamless services.
Most Peace River clients face other life challenges besides mental health issues. Often their physical health suffers. Imagine trying to remember a doctor’s appointment when you hear voices. Your odds of success improve when your mental health service providers help you, and you can get services the same day on the same campus. Understanding this, Peace River CEO Bill Gardam and staff developed various services, including partnerships with local hospitals, twenty-service sites, and the wellness clinic where the physician assistant found the glass in Sandra’s ear on its main campus. The results provide people with more options to solve their complex challenges. They yield results.
How do you follow Peace River Centers’ example? How else might you? Email Karen for a free discovery session to explore your options.
Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.
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